Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) and Electric Vehicle (EV) technologies substantially improve the fuel efficiency of vehicles and reduce carbon emissions. This has been an exceptionally critical area of research as the price of gasoline increases, and our nation looks to become more energy independent.
With such rapidly advancing technology, it is imperative to educate the next generation of engineers in this field. In response, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering created an educational laboratory and a course, “Hybrid Electric and Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles,” that focuses on the fundamentals of hybrid vehicles and introduces students to this rapidly developing technology. In the lab, HEV and EV Test Benches were constructed using batteries, motors, and other lab tools. These test benches are being used for various studies and experiments, including battery energy loss calculations, PHEV and EV vehicle operation tests, and battery charge profile analyses.